juliaI was always kind of a chubby kid. Not seriously overweight, I just always had a few extra pounds to toss around. I wasn’t super active as a kid either – I took self defense in high school because it meant I didn’t have to run the mile. And candy was my kryptonite – I would steal quarters from my parents to buy Little Debbie Nutty Bars and Zebra Cakes from the corner store by school.

It wasn’t until college that I got serious about my health. I started to educate myself about smart food choices and began to appreciate time in the gym. Every semester I took a fitness class, including step aerobics, weight training, and even ballroom dance. I started to see the power my body had secretly hidden from me, and even found my competitive side.

After college I bought my first road bike and started training for century (100 mile) rides. I’ve tried fitness classes in yoga, spinning, zumba, boxing, pilates, barre method, crossfit, and more. Don’t get me wrong, I still slip up. All. The. Time. My health is a constant rollercoaster, and I’m rarely perfect. Like you, I’m trying to find the balance between eating healthy and my love of all things food and between working out and my passion for lazing on the couch watching Project Runway (which is what I did this afternoon).

I know that small steps are the smartest way toward creating healthier habits; you can’t just give up all of your vices cold turkey. So I’m hoping the weekly fitness challenges I create will help me stay motivated and move toward a healthier lifestyle in the long-term. And I hope you’ll join me! Together we can become stronger, healthier, happier, and more confident women!

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